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OC D.A. wants 1983 child rapist committed

Orange County prosecutors filed a petition Tuesday to have a convicted sex offender locked up in a mental hospital.

January 18, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A jury in Orange County will decide whether convicted sex offender Lawrence Brown will be paroled or sent to a mental institution.Brown, 52, was released on parole two months ago after serving 25 years of a 49-year sentence for the brutal sexual assaults of two young girls.

He was re-arrested almost immediately on a parole violation.

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas filed a petition Tuesday to have Brown committed as a sexually violent predator.

"Lawrence Brown, a real life boogie man, every parent's nightmare, will be put out of his evil business," Rackauckas said. "The people of Orange County finally have the right to decide."

Rackauckas criticized the California Department of Mental Health for not seeking to have Brown committed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.